A Distinction Without A Difference

Source: The American Conservative
by Dan Caldwell

“In December 2021, the American and Iraqi governments announced that U.S. military forces in Iraq had shifted to a ‘non-combat role’ — even though the American military force posture in the country was not substantially changed. … President Joe Biden, mindful that he leads a nation increasingly skeptical of foreign intervention, wanted to make a gesture toward ending American involvement in another endless war in the Greater Middle East. However, less than a month after the supposed shift to a non-combat mission, Americans in Iraq once again found themselves under fire. … As long as American service men and women remain in Iraq, they will be under regular attack and engaged in what any reasonable person would call combat. Instead of pretending that American troops in Iraq are not deployed in a combat mission, the Biden administration should withdraw them.” (01/12/22)